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to simply come up for a vote. but he's got problems, including his number two, eric cantor, doesn't like, he can't support what the senate passed in such a lopsided vote and it looks like there's going to be a vote maybe tonight on new legislation which if it's passed by the house would then have to go back to the senate. >> reporter: that's right. first of all, let's talk about your question about the house speaker. he, i am told by several people in this meeting today, was very intentionally did not give his opinion. he didn't say whether he supports or opposes this bill. eric cantor did and he was certainly sending a signal to conservatives and making clear his personal position for good reasons. as the speaker goes, he really, i'm told, was told to just listen to concerns of the members. but it is true that if they do amend this, that it would have to go back to the senate down the hall here and it would have to be passed by thm or not. the other thing, just to sort of play this out a couple of days, there's a new congress sworn in on thursday, in just two days. if they don't finish this
happen? >> eric cantor had promised a vote on the aid package before the lame duck session ended. >> the motion is adopted without objection to reconsider is laid on the table. >> reporter: but sources tell cnn right after the toxic fiscal cliff vote the house speak joern cliff vote the house speak joe n janua yanked the bill. >> reporter: the reason? cnn told the speaker he worried it was bad internal politics for him to allow a vote on $60 million after a long day of getting pommelled for spending. >> on a political chest board of politics our people were played last night as a pawn. >> i called the speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls. it is why the american people hate congress. it's why they hate them. >> reporter: and this meeting that just wrapped up really lasted a short time, maybe 20 minutes tops, wolf. it was clear that the house speaker knew he had to clean it up and clean it up fast and he had a plan ready to go to take the votes to reassure the republicans that were devastated by sandy. >> do you have doubt john boehner will be the
republicans include some very powerful figures. eric cantor, kevin mccarthy, second and third highest ranking republicans in the house among them. a new congress is sworn in tomorrow, so boehner facing a crucial vote. will there be a revolt against him or despite some very public failures and the fact he wasn't even at the center of this whole debt deal itself, will he just sail into the speakership any way? this is a pretty, you know, amazing story. there's been a real repudiation, but how is this vote going to go is this. >> people may not realize that the speaker of the house is elected by the entire house, not just his or her party, so there will be a vote on the house floor tomorrow and what is going to be really fascinating to watch, erin, is how the vote goes because the difference between republicans an democrats, if you do the math, if all democrats voted against him, all any opponent would need to do is get 17 republicans to vote against him and what then happens is he doesn't get the majority and they take another vote and if he doesn't get the majority, they take another vote. it
had from both the speaker and the majority leader eric cantor are iron clad. i think we're going to proceed. and i think that this recognizes the heartache and misery that both of our states, the region have suffered as a -- it has been as the governor emphasized, governor christie and in his press conference within the last hour or two, it has been over 66 days. i think it is about time congress responded. i'm pleased that the speaker and the majority leader have listened to our pleas. >> why not have voted on the senate bill and have it all done today? >> that was our hope, but, you know, it will happen. that's the bottom line. and it will happen at the amount that we think is required to meet the legitimate needs of the people of new jersey, new york and points north. >> we asked congressman king, the speaker tell you the reason why he abruptly yanked this from the calendar? >> as peter probably said, he alluded to the fact that there was so much going on, but did not give a specific reason. you might want to ask him that. for us, it is about getting critical aid to people who
, republican leadership was in favor. then we got a clue early today from eric cantor that he didn't like the bill. he in the end did not vote in favor of it. he voted nay. >> correct. he voted no and another member of the leadership, krevin mccarthy, the whip, he also voted know. so they were split inside the leadership. i think the big issue today wasn't necessarily within the republican leadership. it wasn't so much as split there. it was a lot of concern and discontent among all of the rank and file republicans that they were put in a position where they had to vote for something. they had to look at it fast. they didn't love this compromise and the house republicans, as we know well, are not used to voting on something that they don't see as pure and so it took a little while as a republican source earlier said to me for them to wind themselves up this morning and then slowly to wind themselves back down and accept reality, which is what we just saw. >> no one there owes themselves any congratulations. this took place 518 days after we first learned this fiscal cliff would take place
in the house, majority leader eric cantor flatly told reporters i do not support this bill. >> -- looking for the best path forward. >> here's part of the problem for at least some lawmakers. the congressional budget office, a nonpartisan group, said today the senate-backed legislation will add nearly $4 trillion to federal deficits over a decade, but keep in mind that is relative to where deficits would have been if congress had let all the bush tax cuts expire, which was an option that virtually no one wanted. so is there life left in the senate's proposal or have we fallen off the cliff for good or at least for a few days? joining me now is our senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. dana, i just got a tweet from someone that says can't dana bash kick these idiots in the butt and get it done? >> reporter: that would be an interesting youtube moment, wouldn't it? look, here's what's going on. some of that kicking might be going on as we speak by others who have clear seniority inside the republican caucus. on the floor of the house right now, we are told house republican leaders
-pong match there. and we're just learning, dana, eric cantor is telling reporters that he does not support the bill. he does not support the bill. he didn't say whether he would vote against it. he said he did not support the bill. joining us from capitol hill, representative peter welch, the democrat of vermont. thank you so much for being here with us. one of the big questions, do you have any hesitations about voting for the bill that has passed the senate? >> i don't have hesitation about voting for it. there is a lot of things i don't like. and a lot of us thought that the president should have held firm on the revenues at $1.6 trillion, because that's got to be a significant component of a long term balanced deal. on the other hand, we weren't able to get it, partly because of the practical realities of legislating in this town. so what we have now is a middle class tax cut, they're going to stay at the lower rates. we have broken the iron grip of grover norquist on the republican party, at least in the senate, and taxes have gone up on the top 2% and that will help us if going forwa
. >> what accounts for that? earlier in the day there was all sorts of dissension, eric cantor among others, saying they weren't going to go for it. >> he may at the end of the day vote no. you're going to see a lot of republicans and a fair number of democrats vote no as well. what accounts for that is this is i think a classic compromise that nobody likes, meaning everybody lost things that they want and that is actually the way legislating used to be, that not everybody is happy but you realize you got to do what's best in order to actually get something passed. >> in terms of the white house, do they view this as a win for the president? >> yes. this is something the president campaigned on and what's in this bill is largely -- largely democratic priorities, anderson. $450,000 as the threshold wasn't what the president wanted but in principle that is the notion that the president wanted, tax increases for the wealthiest americans. it extends unemployment benefits for a year and it's not paid for. republicans wanted it paid for. but think about some of the other measures. they're doing t
think he will show that strength assuming he has eric cantor on board, kevin mccarthy, some of the other young guns, as they lake to call themselves, in the house of representatives. the or young republican leaders. if he can get all of them together, he's not photog bring in all of the tea party activists in the republican caucus gu together with the democrats who will support him this time and the republicans that could cobble together the 218 votes they need, they have to do this, suzanne, today or tomorrow because at noon on thursday, the 113th congress is sworn in. that's a new congress, new senate, new house of representatives. they have to start from scratch. the legislation that passed in the middle of the night last night, that's going to have to be passed once again in the senate if they don't get this done before thursday at noon. remember, tomorrow's a regular day on wall street. markets are opening tonight on the east coast of the united states, the asian markets will be opening. people will be watching closely to see if there's stability, if there's continuity, a disrupt tu
: two things, why did they harp on taxes so much if they were going to cave? >> eric: i don't know. >> bob: secondly, how bad is the riff in the republican party? >> eric: very bad. 100%. you are pointing it out. bad riff, especially when cantor and his group votes no and boehner and his group votes yes. house divided. a lot of conservatives watch, and they go to drug import. they put up a poll today should boehner step down or be replaced? i looked and it said 85% of the respondent said replace boehner. it's an issue. issue on the right. they have to address it. >> dana: when things don't feel like they are going well, are you satisfied with that particular person? then everyone says no. what is amazing to me of the fiscal cliff, it avoided all the real issues. president obama in his statement last night, one thing he said is we are not going to tax our way out of the entitlement spending problem. why have you not done anything for five years? now he says he is going to try to get more tax increases without being -- with a caucus that says we're not going to do anything on entitle
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